If you are undecided about what clothes to keep, turn the hangars around to point the hooks toward you. When you wear the item, turn the hangar to point away from you. At the end of a specified period of time, for example, 6 months, the clothes on the hangars pointed toward you need to go. For many, this can be a much-needed way to clear closet clutter.
Keep gloves in their respective pockets in the coat that matches the gloves, so you have them where and when you need them.
Decide what to wear to work the night before. If you have the room, layout the clothes. If you have kids, do the same for them if they are too young to do it themselves. If they are old enough, teach them this concept.
Storing pairs of women’s shoes heal to toe uses less space and you can see both at a glance.
Purge clothing items that no longer fit when you switch your wardrobe from summer to winter & vice versa.
Purses are like magnets, you never know what’s going to appear in there. Clean & organize your purse weekly to avoid a sore shoulder or back.
Keep a bag or bin in your closet for donations. When you come across an article you no longer want, toss it in the bin. When it’s full, take it to a favorite charity.
Don’t stack folded tee shirts in drawers, file them so you can see them all at a glance.
Don’t keep clothes that don’t fit, thinking you will lose enough weight to get back into them. It’s not a good motivator & rarely happens.
Use your email inbox to store messages that have not been read or that require a response. Move them to the appropriate folder after taking an action.
Create a folder for multiple messages that you receive on a specific topic. When you finish reading or acting on a message, move it to its folder or delete it.
Make your inbox work more efficiently for you. Set up rules for specific messages, such as informational messages, to go right into a folder to read at a later time. This will keep the distraction of incoming mail minimal.
A misc email folder can become equal to a junk drawer. Label all email folders with a specific category.
Use the same categories for your electronic files that you do with your paper files. This provides a level of consistency so you can find the file whether you need the paper or electronic version.
For email messages to keep for future reference, change the subject line to today’s date, and the topic of the message, & be specific. Then move it to the folder for that topic.
Electronic bills–Schedule payments as you receive the reminder email. Record the date, time & confirmation number in your check register. When the payment shows up on your bank statement, delete the reminder.
To reduce email inbox clutter, unsubscribe to newsletters that no longer serve you.
Keep your smart phone desktop clutter free by reviewing your apps periodically. If you don’t use an app, delete it. Clutter is clutter wherever it is & causes stress.
Sort laundry as you go! Get a 3 section sorting cart for the laundry room. As you bring items into the laundry room, sort them right then.
If you have the room, label a laundry basket for each member of the household, and one for the household in the laundry room. As you finish folding an item, put it in the appropriate basket. Have each family member put away their own items.
Socks have a way of disappearing while doing laundry. When they come out of the dryer, match them up and fold them inside one another.
Keep a dish in your laundry room for change you find in pockets. Use the change to help pay for laundry supplies.
If your laundry room is small, and there is no room to fold clothes, use the top of the dryer for folding.
Wash loads of laundry throughout the week to keep it under control.
When you fold clothes right out of the dryer, you are more likely to take the last step to put them away.
Keep a basket in your laundry room for lone socks to match them up when only one sock comes out of the dryer.
Store bed linens in a plastic storage container under the bed that they fit, so you know which bed they belong to.
Create a Command Center with an expandable file in a central location. This is a landing place for paperwork such as mail, tax documents, kid’s homework, and school announcements. Assign a file for each family member, and one for bills, incoming/outgoing mail, receipts, takeout/delivery menu’s, etc.
Weed your paper clutter every time you come in contact with a document. When you’re opening mail, looking for that receipt to make a return, or filing a paid bill, recycle/shred what you no longer need/want to keep.
Recycle old magazines by taking them to your doctor’s offices after removing the address labels.
A good filing system is the foundation to get your paper clutter under control, so invest in the Freedom Filer filing system for maintenance free filing!
Recycle or dispose of past copies of phone directories & magazines as soon as you get a current copy.
Keep frequently used user’s manuals with the item it belongs to so you have it where you need it.
Set up an action file within easy reach on your desk, or mount it on the wall. Create the categories specific to you by determining 3 or 4 actions you take on a regular basis.
Use an envelope or expandable file for credit card receipts. When you get your bill, mark off your receipts, shred unneeded receipts & file the keepers.
Designate a space in your home to sort, open and discard unwanted mail. A decorative basket on a counter top works nicely.
Have those coupons & gift cards at the ready by keeping them in your purse or your car.
Keep a recycle bin & paper shredder in the area where you open mail to reduce paper clutter as it comes in the door.
Before you begin any project, set up your workspace for optimal productivity.
Have a mundane task or 2 that you dislike? Make a game of it such as setting a timer to see how long it takes. Try to beat your time.
Schedule 2 timeslots in your day to read and respond to email messages; perhaps 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon.
For optimum productivity, schedule your priority tasks for the day in the following blocks-morning, afternoon & evening.
Overwhelmed by all your stuff & don’t know where to start? Focus on a small area such as a drawer or part of a countertop. After it’s cleared and organized, see how you feel. It may be the motivation you need to spur you on to keep going one small area at a time.
As you set your goals, determine rewards for yourself when you reach them. Rewards serve as great motivators.
If you are stuck in the creative process or unsure as to your next steps, stop & do something else. This may be the jolt you need to get back on track.
Setting goals and developing a goal statement are keys to building the foundation of a successful plan.
Develop a mental image of your goals and keep that image in the forefront. If you can visualize it, you can attain it.